A. EVENTS (click to see details below)

1. Apr 14 &15: Film Screening: A Path Appears

2. Wed. Apr 15: Film Screening and Discussion: Vessel: Past Land, Past Law, Past Permission

3. Wed. Apr 15: Presentation on Human Trafficking

4. Thur. Apr 16: Bringing the Women’s Human Rights Treaty to Buffalo: Implementing CEDAW Locally

5. Thur. Apr 16: Film Screening: Anita Speaking Truth to Power

6. Thur. Apr 23: Women In Stem: Inspire, Grow, Connect

7. Apr 23, 24, and 25: The Vagina Monologues

8. Mon. Apr 27: Townhall Meeting: Pregnant and Parenting Students

9. Thur. Apr 30: Research on Aging: People, Policy, and Practice: “New Approaches for Fall Prevention in Older Adults”


B. FILM SERIES (click to see details below)

1. Feb 12: Beyond Boundaries: Dare to Be Diverse Film Screenings Begins

3. Feb 16: Performances, Lectures, and Screenings in Media Art (PLASMA) Series


C. CALL FOR PAPERS (click to see details below)

1. Wed. July 15, 2015: Wonder Women and Super Men

2. Rolling Deadline: Journal of Research on Women and Gender

D. ANNOUNCEMENTS (click to see details below)

1. Graduate Certificate in LGBT Health Policy & Practice

2. 2015-2016 Diversity Advocates for UB's Intercultural & Diversity Center


E. FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS (click to see details below)

1. Gender Institute grants & fellowships

2. Wed. April 15, 2015: AAUW Grassroots Grant Program

3. Fri. May 22, 2015: 2nd Annual Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award

4. Various Deadlines: Funders for LGBTQ Issues

5. Rolling Deadline: Global Health Field Work Awards








1. April 14 &15: Film Screening: A Path Appears
12:00- 1:00 p.m., 111 Kimball Tower, UB South Campus Free

The film A Path Appears follows Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and actors and advocates to Colombia, Haiti, Kenya, and throughout the United States uncovering harsh forms of gender-based oppression and human rights violations, as well as effective solutions being implemented to combat them. Join us to watch portions of the film and participate in discussion. Sponsored by the Office of Global Health Initiatives and the School of Public Health and Health Professions


2. Wed. April 15, 2015: Film Screening and Discussion: Vessel: Past Land, Past Law, Past Permission
5:30 p.m., 120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus Free

UB Society of Feminists & NARAL Pro-Choice New York are proud to host this screening. The film portrays a fearless sea captain sailing a ship through loopholes in international law, providing abortions on the high seas, and leaving in her wake a network of emboldened activists who trust women to handle abortion on their own terms.

The screening will be followed by discussion with staff from Buffalo WomenServices/The Birthing Center of Buffalo.

Sponsored by UB Department of Sociology. Special thanks to UB Department of Transnational Studies & Buffalo WomenServices.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information and to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1634403346792543/ or http://www.prochoiceny.org/get-involved/vesselscreening.shtml


3. Wed. April 15, 2015: Presentation on Human Trafficking
5:30 p.m., 330 Student Union, UB North Campus   Free

Panel discussion with representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the International Institute of Buffalo. They will discuss the very serious and very real issue of human trafficking. This is happening around the globe...and in the United States...and right here in Western New York. Join us to learn more about what is going on and how you can help make a difference. V-Day at UB 2015 and SBI Health Education present this event.


4. Thur. April 16, 2015: Bringing the Women’s Human Rights Treaty to Buffalo: Implementing CEDAW Locally
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., 108 O'Brian Hall, UB North Campus

The U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is an international human rights treaty, ratified by 187 of 193 U.N. member states worldwide, that creates an important set of principles-driven framework obligations for addressing gender-based discrimination in all areas of public and private life, including employment, wages, job security, public safety, child-care, domestic violence, and reproductive health. Come learn how Buffalo can join a growing movement of U.S. cities in creating a city-based monitoring and accountability system to implement CEDAW's human rights commitments locally.

Karen Mulhauser, Chair of the United Nations Association-USA, and driver behind the national and Washington DC-based “Cities for CEDAW” movement, will speak about the recent experiences of other U.S. cities in adopting city CEDAW ordinances, including San Francisco (1998), Louisville (2014) and Washington, DC (2015). She will discuss how these ordinances were organized and put in place (the nuts-and-bolts) and how their city-based implementation mechanisms have led to concrete improvements in city policies affecting the everyday lives and opportunities of local women and girls. She will be joined by Sawrie Becker, Chair of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women; Mary Murphy, Director of the Family Justice Center; and other Buffalo-based women’s rights advocates who will discuss particularly significant gender disparities that might be the focus of a city-wide monitoring, oversight, implementation, and accountability effort here in our own city. Alyssa Weiss, Chief of Staff to Common Council Member Michael LoCurto, will describe previous efforts to bring CEDAW to Buffalo and how they may be taken forward.

Co-sponsored by the Buffalo Human Rights Center (BHRC), Women of SUNY Buffalo Law (WSBL), and the Institute for Research & Education on Women & Gender (IREWG)


5. Thu. April 16: Film Screening: Anita Speaking Truth to Power
7:00 p.m., Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

Anita Hill’s graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that resonates still today. She has become an American icon, empowering millions of women and men around the world to stand up for equality and justice. Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, Anita reveals the intimate story of a woman who spoke truth to power. Directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, the film is both a celebration of Anita Hill’s legacy and a rare glimpse into her private life with friends and family, many of whom were by her side that fateful day 22 years ago. Anita Hill courageously speaks openly and intimately for the first time about her experiences that led her to testify before the Senate and the obstacles she faced in simply telling the truth. She also candidly discusses what happened to her life and work in the 22 years since.

Beyond Boundaries: Dare to be Diverse Film Series is Co-Sponsored by: Buffalo State Communication Department, Buffalo State Office of Equity and Campus Diversity, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Grant Allocation Committee Grant. Free and Open to the Public.


6. Thu. April 23: Women In Stem: Inspire, Grow, Connect
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Student Union Theatre, UB North Campus Free

The University at Buffalo is excited to host our inaugural Women in STEM Summit. Women and men are welcome to attend this free, half-day summit that brings together STEM undergraduate students, scholars, professionals, educators and allies from UB and the surrounding Western New York community to share their academic and professional experiences. The summit promises to deliver insightful and impactful content to help empower and advance Women in STEM.

Our program features a keynote address by prominent technologist and entrepreneur Rachel Haot, Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary of Technology of New York State and also includes informative panel discussions with local thought leaders representing various STEM disciplines on negotiating power and building your professional network.

Plan to join us for a morning of unforgettable inspiration, invaluable career development, and unbeatable networking. Don’t miss this opportunity to inspire, grow, and connect with us!

This event is free and open to the public. For planning purposes, registration is required. Please register at: http://www.engineering.buffalo.edu/womeninstem/

This event is collaboration between the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Undergraduate Academies, UB STEM, Academic Affairs, Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership, Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender, Intercultural and Diversity Center, Office of Student Engagement, Computing and Information Technology, and the Professional Staff Senate.


7. April 23, 24, and 25: The Vagina Monologues
7:30 p.m., Student Union Theater, UB North Campus

V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. Further info about V-Day can be found at v-day.org. Proceeds support SBI Safety Services Admission: $8 with UB ID, $10 without it. Tickets available at: SBI Ticket Office, 221 Student Union and www.subboard.com/tickets


8. Mon. April 27: Townhall Meeting: Pregnant and Parenting Students
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., 145 Student Union, UB North Campus

Balancing an academic course load with parenthood can be a challenge. UB has resources that can help, and we want to know how we can better serve parenting students. Come join us to learn about your rights, hear about the resources available at UB, share your experiences and ask questions.

Light refreshments will be served. You may submit questions ahead of time to http://www.buffalo.edu/equity/Inquiries.html. In your message, please indicate that this is a question for the forum.

Organized by UB Society of Feminists and the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.


9. Thur. April 30: Research on Aging: People, Policy, and Practice: “New Approaches for Fall Prevention in Older Adults,” Machiko Tomita, UB Rehabilitation Science, School of Public Health and Health Professions
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., 214 Parker Hall, UB South Campus Free

Drawing from her NIH-funded research project, “Virtual-Exercise at Home in older adults at risk of falling,” Dr. Tomita will share her results on internet-based exercise. This project was chosen as one of 24 most significant aging research projects in North America by the journalInternational Innovation. In addition, she will present the study on functional exercise for frail older adults and talk about Home Safety Self-Assessment Tool.

Researchers, service providers, and community advocates welcome. Refreshments will be available.

Organized by UB CEPP, UB Institute for Person-Centered Care, and UB School of Social Work’s Institute on Innovative Aging Policy and Practice, cosponsored by the UB Gender Institute.

RSVP to Laura Mangan at CEPPrsvp@buffalo.edu. or call 645-5376.

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1. Beyond Boundaries: Dare to Be Diverse Film Screenings

All films will be screened at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo at 6:30 p.m.

Thur., April 16th: Anita: Speaking Truth to Power (2014)
Academy Award-winning director Freida Mock's compelling new documentary about Anita Hill.


2. Performances, Lectures, and Screenings in Media Art (PLASMA) Series:

Select Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in 112 CFA, UB Center for the Arts, North Campus FREE and open to the public.

April 20: Gregory Ulmer – Theorist and writer whose Internet experiments are organized around the problematic of electronic monumentality – a long-term project concerned with the mutation of the public sphere in "electracy" and the consequences for American national identity.

Full details are available at PLASMA (http://mediastudy.buffalo.edu/plasma/plasma-2015/) where you will also find bios of guest artists, links to their own home pages, and updates.

Performances, Lectures, and Screenings in Media Art (PLASMA) is a new speakers series presented by the Department of Media Study and co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Department of Theater and Dance, the UB Technē Institute, and the UB Gender Institute.

Please visit our Web page for further details, links, resources from past PLASMA events, weather-related updates, and additional info. For additional info please contact: Chloe Higginbotham (chloehig@buffalo.edu)

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1. Deadline: July 15, 2015: Wonder Women and Super Men

The Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender at the University at Buffalo is pleased to announce our fall 2015 symposium on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Featured Speakers include:

* Jill Lepore, The David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History, Harvard University, “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” (sponsored by the Humanities Festival).

* Gabrielle Esperdy, Assoc. Professor of Architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, whose innovative work reclaims "the architectress as an architectural heroine" (sponsored by the American Institute of Architects).

* Dorota Koczanowicz, Professor of Artistic Culture, University of Wroclaw, on Polish artist Elzbieta Jablonska's portraits of mothers as superwomen. * and many other illustrious scholars.

We welcome proposals for 15-minute presentations from any scholarly discipline or approach related to the theme. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

*historical and mythical significance of female rulers (e.g., Cleopatra, Elizabeth, Indira Ghandi)
* women activists (e.g., Angela Davis, Rosa Parks, Dolores Huerta, Audre Lorde, Gloria Steinem)
* women criminals (femmes fatales, serial killers, Thelma and Louise) as gender outlaws
* mythological archetypes and their meanings (e.g., Amazons, goddesses)
* popular culture, post-feminism, and patriarchy: framing power and myths of modern wonder women
* “Super Heroes Wear Diapers”: costumes and power; clothes and professional success
* "starchitects" / architects and notions of genius
* doctors/nurses as superheroes
* ideologies, symbolism, and cults of teachers as super heroes
* medicine and the production of "enhanced" bodies / superhumans
* gender, power, justice, vengeance
* Buffy, Harry Potter, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: innovation or new riffs on old themes?
* gender, sexuality, race, and nation in comic book franchises
* superheroes and the romanticization of violence and militarization

Please submit your proposal (200-250 words) and a short cv to the Planning Committee at ub-irewg@buffalo.edu.

At the bottom of your proposal, please describe your audiovisual equipment needs, if any.

For the full details, please go to: http://genderin.buffalo.edu/genderweek.shtml


2. Rolling Deadline: Journal of Research on Women and Gender, Texas State University

Texas State University JRWG Mission: Promote critical dialogue about experiences of women and persons of various gender identities in diverse cultural contexts. The Journal welcomes manuscripts that give voice to the unique and varied expressions of women and various genders. It is an interdisciplinary publication that welcomes qualitative research, pedagogical work and creative projects.

Interested in being a reviewer or submitting a manuscript? Register here: https://journals.tdl.org/jrwg/index.php/jrwg/user/register

For questions contact the editor: Dr. Audwin Anderson: AA04@txstate.edu, 512-245.2361

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1. Graduate Certificate in LGBT Health Policy & Practice

The George Washington University graduate certificate program in LGBT Health Policy & Practice is accepting applications for the 2015-16 program year and our 3rd class of students.

The certificate is a 12-credit interdisciplinary program that trains medical and mental health professionals to better care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. A large number of our certificate students work in care settings or in policy organizations. Others are enrolled medical, nursing, or other graduate mental health, public health and policy programs around the world. Things to note about this year:

Discounted Tuition: Our tuition is discounted significantly from the standard GWU tuition rate.

Financial Assistance Available: Thanks to increasingly generous donors, we are now able to offer partial need- and merit-based scholarships to help offset expenses.

Two-Year Option: Students now have the option of spreading the workload and costs over 2 years rather than one, making the certificate more affordable and feasible to complete.

Designed for Students Across the Country and the Globe: The program is offered in a hybrid of online and on-campus curriculum, with two week-long residencies and a closing gathering in Washington, DC.

Applications: Our application portal is open now. April 1 is the deadline to apply to be considered for tuition assistance. The overall deadline is May 31.

Questions? Please email the director, Steve Forssell, forssell@gwu.edu; 202-994-6316, or go to our website: http://lgbt.columbian.gwu.edu/

2. Apply to be 2015-2016 Diversity Advocate for UB's Intercultural & Diversity Center

Diversity Advocates are undergraduate peer educators committed to promoting diversity, advocacy, and social justice on campus through cultural programming. Advocates have a desire to increase awareness and knowledge of diversity related issues while creating a dialogue with members at UB as well as the larger community. The Intercultural and Diversity Center is looking for Diversity Advocates who believe in the power of cultural programming and dialogue to build bridges towards understanding and can commit a year to the program.

Apply on UB Linked by April 15th
To apply, find the Intercultural & Diversity Center on UB Linked and click on “Forms”

Important Dates:
April 15th: Applications due on UB Linked
April 20th – April 30th: Interviews will be conducted
May 1st: Positions offered
Week of August 24th: Mandatory two-day training for Advocates

If you have any questions about Diversity Advocates, please email Aisha Abdelmula at idle.aisha@vpsa.buffalo.edu.

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1. Gender Institute Faculty Research Grants

For information on the Gender Institute's research grants, fellowships, scholarships, and cosponsorships, click here:http://genderin.buffalo.edu/grants&fellowship


2. AAUW Grassroots Grant Program

Deadline: April 15, 2015

The Buffalo Branch of the American Association of University Women announces the open application period for its Grassroots Grant Program. Five to eight grants are available in amounts up to $1500 each in three categories:

1. Individual projects
2. Community Organizations and Neighborhood Enrichment Programs
3. High School Leadership Projects

The goal of the grants program is the promotion of equity, gender awareness and lifelong learning for women and girls in the Buffalo Niagara Region (includes, Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Alleghany counties)

For more details, criteria and applications: http://aauw.buffalo.edu/grassrtgrant.htm


3. 2nd Annual Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award

Deadline: May 22, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award. Established in 2013 through a generous $100,000 matching grant from the Ford Foundation, the Award honors and extends the vision of the organization's first President, Dr. Mariam K. Chamberlain, who passed away at the age of 94 in April 2013.

The Award advances Mariam's work to support high-level scholarship. Annually, a first-generation college graduate is awarded $8,500 to continue working on a dissertation under the close supervision of a senior dissertation advisor, who will receive $1,500 for continued mentorship, another area of keen interest for Mariam. The Award is open to any first-generation graduate student pursuing a PhD (must be ABD by August 2015) at an accredited university in the U.S. The application deadline is May 22, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern).

To apply, click here.


4. Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Deadline: Various

Funders for LGBTQ Issues seeks to mobilize philanthropic resources that enhance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, promote equity, and advance racial, economic and gender justice.

More information: http://www.lgbtfunders.org/seekers/community.cfm


5. Global Health Field Work Awards

Rolling Deadline

The Office of Global Health Initiatives offers Global Health Field Work Awards to students interested in implementing public health initiatives or to conduct research in resource-poor settings. $500 data-based projects and $2,500 international fieldwork projects are available. Applications are now accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now!

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Early Modern Research Workshop

Ecocritical Studies Research Workshop

Urban Image Research Workshop



ADVERTISE YOUR EVENT: If you are organizing an event related to women and/or gender that you would like the Gender Institute to help publicize, please send an email with the following information to Becky Burke (rburke2@buffalo.edu).

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Event listings will be updated once a week and we would appreciate receiving event information as far in advance as possible.